John, Jesus, and History, Volume 1: Critical Appraisals of Critical Views

Front Cover
Paul N. Anderson, Felix Just, Tom Thatcher
Society of Biblical Lit, 2007 - Religion - 346 pages
0 Reviews

Over the last two centuries, many scholars have considered the Gospel of John off-limits for all quests for the historical Jesus. That stance, however, creates a new set of problems that need to be addressed thoughtfully. The essays in this book, reflecting the ongoing deliberations of an international group of Johannine and Jesus scholars, critically assess two primary assumptions of the prevalent view: the dehistoricization of John and the de-Johannification of Jesus. The approaches taken here are diverse, including cognitive-critical developments of Johannine memory, distinctive characteristics of the Johannine witness, new historicism, Johannine-Synoptic relations, and fresh analyses of Johannine traditional development. In addition to offering state-of-the-art reviews of Johannine studies and Jesus studies, this volume draws together an emerging consensus that sees the Gospel of John as an autonomous tradition with its own perspective, in dialogue with other traditions. Through this challenging of critical and traditional assumptions alike, new approaches to John’s age-old riddles emerge, and the ground is cleared for new and creative ways forward.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Critical Views of John Jesus and History
1
Introductory Matters
7
The John Jesus and History Project
9
Why This Study Is Needed and Why It Is Needed Now
13
Reviews of the Literature How Did John Become the Spiritual Gospel?
71
The Dehistoricizing of the Gospel of John
75
How Johnthe Theologian Writes History
103
The Revisionist Contribution of SomeNineteenthCentury German Scholarship
109
Johns Literary Unityand the Problem of Historicity
217
The Transformation of Memory in the Interface of Historyand Theology in John
229
Ways Forward A Case Study
247
The Historical Jesus the Scene in the Temple and the Gospel of John
249
On DealBreakers and Disturbances
277
Concluding Matters
283
Assessments and Convergences
285
Where Do We Go from Here?
291

The Twentieth Century and Beyond
121
The Challenge of the Balkanizationof Johannine Studies
133
Disciplinary Approaches to the Issues Grinding New Lenses and Gaining New Insights
161
A Source for Jesus Research?
165
Johannine Truth Claims and Historicity
179
Friends or Foes?
199

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

Paul N. Anderson is Professor of Biblical and Quaker Studies at George Fox University. He is the author of The Christology of the Fourth Gospel (Trinity Press International) and The Fourth Gospel and the Quest for Jesus (T&T Clark). Felix Just, S.J., is an Associate Director of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, California. Author of numerous reviews and essays, he is the creator of the Johannine Literature website (http://catholic-resources.org/John/) and a manager of the Johannine Literature listserve. Tom Thatcher is Professor of New Testament at Cincinnati Christian University. He is the author or editor of numerous books and articles, including Jesus in Johannine Tradition (Westminster John Knox), The Riddles of Jesus in John: A Study in Tradition and Folklore, and New Currents through John: A Global Perspective (both from the Society of Biblical Literature).